Stroke Awareness

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. A stroke is a medical emergency. Prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications.


Support Groups
Eau Claire, WI In Person

This group is for stroke survivors and their families or caregivers. Only someone who has gone through a stroke experience can truly know how you feel. Gather to share feelings and ideas, as this is an important part of the recovery process. You'll also learn about stroke resources and education.

Registration is not required. The group is hosted as a collaboration between Eau Claire community hospitals, including Marshfield Clinic Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System.

Park in front of the building. If full, you may park on the street or in the clinic lot across the street. Note that the door to the building may be locked, but someone will be there to open it beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The meeting will be canceled if the Eau Claire School District closes school.

The June group gathering is a summer picnic and will not be held at Kenney Avenue. More information will be provided to participants closer to June.

Press Room

Emphasizing early mobilization key to recovery for stroke patients

La Crosse is redefining stroke care with a focus on early mobilization for patients, aiming to optimize recovery and minimize complications.

May 29, 2024

Hometown Health Blog

5 things to know about stroke

Strokes can happen to anyone at any time. You can go from feeling as usual to feeling sick within a matter of seconds. Be prepared to spot the signs of stroke using these five things to know.

Prashant Natteru, M.B.B.S, M.D. By Prashant Natteru April 22, 2024

With stroke, time is survival

Stroke symptoms come on suddenly. And women are more like to have a stroke than men. There’s an acronym to make it easy to recognize and act on these symptoms: Think FAST.

Felix Chukwudelunzu, M.D. By Felix Chukwudelunzu August 2, 2023

Manage your risk of carotid artery disease

Carotid artery disease develops slowly, and the first sign that you have the disease may be a stroke. Learn the risk factors and treatments performed by a vascular medicine specialist.

Tiziano Tallarita, M.D. By Tiziano Tallarita July 21, 2023

Women and stroke: What you need to know

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for women. Learn why women have a greater risk than men and how to spot a stroke quickly.

Bayan Moustafa, D.O. By Bayan Moustafa May 19, 2023

Woman recovers from rare type of stroke

Laurie West was recovering well from knee surgery. That changed 11 days after her surgery when she experienced two types of stroke at the same time.

June 3, 2020

Video visits help therapy patients recover at home

Patients recovering from stroke and orthopedic surgery, and children experiencing speech difficulties are among the growing number of patients now using video visits. Discover the benefits of rehab therapy video visits.

May 14, 2020

Man survives stroke being in right place at right time

Ken Eckes was in the right place at the right time when he had a stroke. Thanks to quick treatment, he is back in the game and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a local baseball team's "Strike Out Stroke" game.

June 25, 2018

Lucky to be with us

When an infant suffers a stroke in utero, the effects of the stroke can impact the child for life. If treated promptly, the complications from a stroke can greatly be reduced. Read on to learn how one La Crosse family was able to get the immediate help their child needed.

May 24, 2017

Mayo Clinic staff experiences collaborative care firsthand after stroke

The week after The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, Dave Berg was feeling great. But he didn't realize he would soon be the beneficiary of coordinated care after having a stroke.

May 17, 2017

Coordinated stroke care means improved outcomes

When 62-year-old Mankato resident Dale Hachfeld’s coworkers first heard him slurring his words, they thought he was trying to be funny. But when his left side gave way and he started to fall over, his coworkers knew it was no joke.

May 3, 2017

When a stroke strikes, every minute counts

The first sign of trouble was a strange sensation in Dolores Brumm’s right arm. Just a few minutes later, the 88-year-old Eitzen resident knew something was definitely wrong.

April 6, 2017

Fast care in Fairmont helped Joe Burns survive a stroke

When it comes to treating a stroke, it's all about time. Joe Burns has survived two strokes, thanks in part to the quick action of his wife, Pat, and caregivers at Mayo Clinic Health System.

May 12, 2015